The term “particle” brings to mind microscopic, energetic units weaving together the utterly incredible physical world around us. Perfectly fitting, I’d say, for a band like Particle. The group is colorfully energetic, holding more meaning as a group than as individual musicians, and simply cosmic in some massive way that drives the members to call their music “Space Porn.”
Formed in 2000 in Los Angeles, the quartet consists of lead songwriter Steve Molitz on keyboard, Ben Combe on guitar, Clay Parnell on bass and Brandon Draper on drums. One of the major pioneers of Livetronica, Particle offers a dance-ready, jam-band blend of Funk, Rock, Jazz and Electronic sequences that blows a knob-twisting DJ out of the water. The group has developed a loyal fan base over the years, becoming a staple of music festivals and known for their electric, marathon late-night sets.
In its early days, Particle played more than 100 shows a year, performing with a wide range of guests, such as Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead, Robby Krieger of The Doors and guitarists Scott Metzger and Joe Satriani. The band released its first album, Launchpad, in 2004 and a double live CD in 2006 called Transformations: Live. Near the end of 2006 the band began a semi-hiatus, reducing its touring to fewer than 20 shows a year until 2014, when the group finally reunited in full. With a full winter tour and two full-length albums expected in 2015, Particle is coming back to get your ass moving again, whether you like it or not.
In other words, if you’re caught not gettin’ down at a Particle concert, it may be assumed that you’re either not hip enough to groove, have a fat rock in your shoe or are sadly too self-conscious to let your limbs loose.
PARTICLE plays at Southgate House Revival Thursday, Jan. 15. Find tickets/more info here .